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UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING (UDL)

The UDL Framework guides the strategic design of curriculum and school-based supports to ensure that all students have access to all aspects of the curriculum.

The Eureka! Inclusive curriculum is designed to support and accommodate the diversity and variability of our students. The universally designed curriculum (UDL) is one that provides genuine learning opportunities for all students.  Learning environments are flexible enough to respond and adjust to the needs and interests of students, teachers, and members of the wider school community.  In a learning environment, planned from the very beginning on principles of inclusion and equity, diversity is expected, appreciated, and developed.

Technology, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Equity-Based Inclusion: Eureka’s focus on relationships, community, and UDL will create a school where all students belong. Our human-centered approach has the ability to balance the social-emotional well-being of students with high academic standards; and aligns parents' hopes and students' dreams with a school personally designed to help achieve them. It's also a chance for Silicon Valley to become a beacon for how to address bias head-on create a demonstration effect for how diversity can ignite learning in our students and schools that is transformative, universal, sustainable, and scalable.  Microsoft’s Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Megan Lawrence believes “one of the key paths to delivering on this mission is through accessible education technology and an inclusive educational environment.” This is achieved by enabling curricular materials through the new use of technologies to ensure the maximal inclusion of children with disabilities alongside typically developing peers. An approach that is research-based and proven to enhance the school experience for all students and teachers, enhance performance outcomes and enhance life outcomes. However, few teacher credentialing programs prepare teachers to use technology within the context of UDL principles. Eureka! Inclusive will be a local education capacity center, cultivating rapid cycle research to practice programming at the local level to provide valuable data and insight at the state level. In turn, the sharing of data would help districts leverage research to improve life outcomes for students across California.

Center Director David Rose walks us through the UDL Guidelines, a detailed framework of principles, guidelines, and checkpoints for creating curriculum that supports all learners. The UDL Guidelines were developed over the past decade with federal and private support.
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Keynote presentation at UDL: It's Time to Talk About the Why, an AHEAD Conference on Universal Design for Learning which took place in Croke Park on March 13th and 14th 2017. For more info visit www.ahead.ie/conference2017.